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Self-Publishing Done Really Well!

We are so pleased to have been involved in the publication of this beautiful coffee table book about Burma. What a joy and an honour it was for me to officially launch the book recently in front of so many of the author's friends, family and other supporters....

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How To Increase Your Chances of Getting Published

It's not easy getting accepted by a traditional publisher. In fact, it's really hard. But there are ways you can improve your chances. I worked as a publisher with the big houses for twenty years, so I've seen a few book proposal documents in my time!...

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Does Publicity Sell Books? A Case Study

The other day our new book, Mummy and Mumma Get Married was featured in a great piece in The Guardian. The article was shared over 3000 times. I posed the question of my friends (an educated, book-loving group) on Facebook, 'How many copies do you...

desires and challenges
Print-on-Demand for Australian Authors

What is Print-on-Demand (POD)? It’s just a technology that allows your book to be printed to order. POD publishers, such as Lightning Source (LS), CreateSpace (CS) Ingram Spark (IS) and Blurb also act as distributors, enabling your POD book to be made available to retailers globally. But your...

Taking notes on the 2-day publishing retreat
How to Self-Publish? Get a Plan!

A talented children’s book author in his early thirties attended one of our self-publishing planning retreats at the end of January, and I am so pleased that he did. Not only was it a very enjoyable couple of days talking about books and publishing, but...

Here is a picture of our own Natalie Winter (who designed the cover for this book) and our daughter Dexie attending the launch and chatting to gesticulating author Kate Ramsay, and event speaker Dr Ellen McGirr.
The Return of the Book Launch

The Big Book Launch Comeback! I remember when I first started working in publishing (that was, ahem, over twenty years ago), book launches were a sine qua non. No sooner had the production team hit the print button than the publicists were dusting off their media...

Publishing a book costs money
How Much Does it Cost to Self-Publish?

  How much does it cost to self-publish? You want me to give you a quick answer? Okay, $10K. You want a longer answer. Okay, again. Obviously, $10K is a generalisation. If you are just making an ebook (and/or print-on-demand), you could do it for a lot less than...

Sale or Return in Publishing
What is ‘Sale or Return’?

  It usually surprises people when they hear that book publishing operates on a ‘sale or return’ model. This means that bookshops don't buy books outright. Instead, they order new or backlist (previously published but still selling) titles for their shop, and if they don’t sell, they return...

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Marketing for Self-Published Authors

  I'm often asked the explain the difference between Marketing and Publicity. I was once given a simple definition that's stuck with me: MARKETING – any coverage of your book that you pay for. PUBLICITY – any coverage of your book that’s free. To be successful, you need to...

How Do I Sell My Self-Published Book?

  However you choose to publish, you will need to get your hands dirty with book sales to one degree or another. If you are with a traditional publisher, you’ll do the least amount of this – possibly just at events or via your own personal network and...